Hello! I’m a Midwest girl living on the central coast of California. My Mr. and I moved here a few years ago after spending many years in Boston. We love to travel and can’t wait to explore the world again. In addition to being a longtime scrapbooker, I am a (novice) quilter, baking enthusiast, bookworm and lover of all things geeky–Harry Potter, video games, anime, and of course, Disney!
What is your favorite Disney movie and why?
Mulan the animated film. It came out when I was in high school and I remember my Asian American friends and I were so excited to see an Asian character in a Disney film. We didn’t really talk about Asian/Asian American representation back then but we all knew that this film was something truly momentous. Also, I think we all can agree that “Make a Man Out of You” is one of the best Disney songs of all time.
Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
I have a soft spot for Eeyore. He’s so cute and huggable! And he understands that we all feel a little blue sometimes.
When was the last time you were at a Disney Park?
Luckily, we did a family trip to Disneyland in January of 2020. We got to see my nephew, a big Mickey fan, experience a Disneyland for the first time. It was so sweet to see it through his eyes!
What is your favorite ride/attraction at any Disney Park and why?
The parades! I will schedule my day around the parades. The music, the dancing, the incredible costumes… no matter how many times you see it, you can always spot something new. It’s the ultimate mood booster.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or quick service location at a Disney Park?
Plaza Inn. That fried chicken!
Are you a fan of the Disney Princesses? If so, which one and why?
Each princess has unique qualities that I admire but my favorite is Mulan. I aspire to love my family, be brave and confident like Mulan. But what makes her really special is her cleverness and moral compass. The men around her try to solve their problems through brute strength and underestimate her because they think she’s physically weak or simply because she’s a girl. She does work hard to gain physical strength but, in the end, it’s her brains that saves the day time and time again. She doesn’t have magic or special abilities–she’s just a normal girl who’s able to accomplish amazing things by working hard, doing what she knows is right even when it’s not easy, and being clever. I also love that she’s the first and only Disney princess that has been given the title of princess by virtue of her heroism and actions rather than her birth or marriage.
Do you have any Disney collections? If so, what do you collect?
I’ve been so tempted to collect pins but I’m afraid that once I start, I won’t be able to stop. I’ve decided to collect ears instead. There are so many fun and creative ways to personalize them!
Do you decorate with Disney during the holidays?
How often do you go to a Disney Park?
I’m very lucky in that I usually go every few years. My Mr.’s family are big Disney fans so we’ve gotten to take some amazing family Disney trips together. Now that we live in California, I’m hoping to make it an annual tradition!
Rope drop or not?
I wish I could but if I wake up that early, I know I won’t make it to the fireworks!
Do you have a favorite night-time show?
The fireworks. The first time I saw it was in college when I went to Disneyworld for spring break. Tinkerbell flew across the night sky and my heart just about burst. It was so magical and a beautiful end to an absolutely dreamy day.
Do you have a tradition when you are at a Disney Park (the “must-do” list)?
I’m a big fan of the live shows. My current favorites are Mickey and the Magical Map, Frozen–Live at the Hyperion (Olaf steals the show!) and of course the parades. While my family waits in line for rides, you can find me happily singing along at my favorite shows. Though I do have to ride It’s a Small World at least once and you’re coming along whether you want to or not! Lol! I also like to see how many Mickey shaped foods I can eat in one day. Everything just tastes better when it’s Mickey shaped!
What is your favorite land and why?
Fantasyland. It’s just so iconic.
Do you hunt for hidden Mickey’s?
I don’t hunt for them but I do love spotting one unexpectedly!
Do you have a favorite time of year to go to a Disney Park?
No one does Christmas like Disney. Disneyland/world is a magical place year-round but the special decorations and foods during the holidays make it extra special.
How old were you the first time you went to a Disney Park and what is your first memory?
My first time was when I was about 5. The only thing I remember is that I was sad my parents wouldn’t let me ride the teacups. As an adult, I realize this was a wise decision since I was prone to motion sickness as a kid. I avoid them to this day! Lol!
What’s your favorite traditional Disney treat?
Chocolate dipped Mickey ice cream! It’s the one thing I absolutely must have no matter the time of year or time of day.
Have you ever made a copy-cat Disney food item at home?
No but if someone has the recipe for Holiday Stuffing Mac and Cheese, please give me a call!
Do you have any pets named after a Disney character?
What is your ideal Disney Park day?
In my dreams, I wake up early enough for the rope drop and magically (this is Disney after all!) have the stamina to stay until closing. I don’t rush from one attraction to another but instead just stroll through the park and take in every moment, every sight, big and small. I look for bits of magic throughout the park–a small detail I never noticed on a ride, a new food, the artistry of the costumes, the look on a child’s face when the castle lights up. Of course, a Mickey shaped treat is in my hands at all times. After a day full of rides, shows and catching up with Mickey and his crew, I end the day at the castle, admiring the sheer wonder of it all before the fireworks light up the night sky. I say farewell to the park filled with proof that magic is indeed real.